Read the Store’s Sales Circular to Shop Coupon-Free

It’s always fun to go grocery shopping to:

a) see what great deals are out there


b) to talk to people who are surprised about all the great deals out there.  Continue reading “Read the Store’s Sales Circular to Shop Coupon-Free”


What Normal People Are Totally Confused About When It Comes to Couponing

I attended a couponing workshop last night in Trumbull, CT, given by Gina Juliano (of Gina’s Kokopelli website). It was a joy to sit in the audience for once so I could relax, concentrate and take notes on what others were asking Gina. It is amazing how much there is to learn about couponing! Here’s what the audience had to say, and here are some answers to the top 10 questions that I also typically get when I give a workshop. Continue reading “What Normal People Are Totally Confused About When It Comes to Couponing”

The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson 15– That Stuff on Sale May Taste or Smell Terrible

The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson 15– That Stuff on Sale May Taste or Smell Terrible

I’m sticking to making my own meatballs after the failed dinner we had the other night with chef-prepared meatballs on sale at a high-end market. It would have been a huge waste of money had I bought more than just the one package.(Photo credit: 1JLS)

The other day I thought I was buying a great deal at Whole Foods Market. I had a coupon for $2 off of chef-prepared meatballs. I found them on sale, and I figured out that with the coupon, they would end up being about $2.66 a pound for decent quality, possibly grass-fed beef. Continue reading “The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson 15– That Stuff on Sale May Taste or Smell Terrible”

Why I Ditched Living Frugally This Summer–But Now, It’s Time to Catch Up

There’s no need to feel guilty if you blew your budget this summer like I did! Autumn is the perfect time to get back on track and reboot your frugal habits. I know that’s what I have to do!

Sunset over Long Island Sound
Priceless view of a sunset from our boat.

When I sat down yesterday to update my August budget sheet, I nearly had a cow. Continue reading “Why I Ditched Living Frugally This Summer–But Now, It’s Time to Catch Up”

Clean Out The Closets–It Can Be More Lucrative Than You Thought!

What could be in this closet? Forgotten money? (Photo credit: Apreche)

By Wendy Amundsen, Guest Blogger

If you hate to clean your closets, this post might inspire you. One reader and guest blogger lets us in on what frugal finds she uncovered once she dug into her cluttered closet. Here’s what she found for her stockpile:

I suspect I’m like most people and hate to clean out closets, drawers and cabinets. But one rainy day in last spring, I put on my favorite Rod Stewart album, set my mind to it and buckled down to tackle the closets. What a lucrative endeavor it was!

Besides all the old clothes I found–including a Nehru jacket, a way-too-small mini skirt and a couple of shoes with no mates, I found all kinds of treasures.

This particular closet yielded a total of $20 of unopened paper towels and light bulbs. Encouraged, I pressed on. All together in this one closet, I found over $100 in usable items for my household items stockpile. However my best find was $40.00 stuffed deep in a pocket of an item that I planned on donating to Goodwill. So, I’d say I made about $140 in a couple of hours of simply decluttering one closet.

The next two closets yielded even more items to save me money. I found a new pair of slippers, which was great, because I was just about to go buy a new pair. Tucked away in the back of one closet were four rolls of Christmas wrapping paper, several boxes of Christmas cards, a bag of bows and fancy Hallmark gift bags, all bought on sale the day after Christmas a couple of years ago, but since forgotten. It’s certainly enough to get me through at least two more holidays without spending a dime on wrapping items. And as an added bonus, I didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn the day after Christmas to schlep to the store for any big after-holiday sales!

Not bad for a rainy day.

My next projects will be my drawers, and finally my cabinets. Who knows what I’ll discover.

What have you discovered of worth in your closets, drawers and cabinets?